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Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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On February 16, 1989 Larry Bloch and a team of novices achieved something unique in a former Chineese-food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. Not only did this ... See full summary »


Dean Budnick
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Credited cast:
Mabili Kregg Ajamu Mabili Kregg Ajamu ... Himself
Rob Barraco Rob Barraco ... Himself
Chris Barron Chris Barron ... Himself
Tim Barry Tim Barry ... Himself
Larry Bloch Larry Bloch ... Himself
Steve Bloom Steve Bloom ... Himself
Rob Bookman Rob Bookman ... Himself
Marty Bostoff Marty Bostoff ... Himself
Marc Brownstein Marc Brownstein ... Himself
Oteil Burbridge ... Himself
Edward Cisneros Edward Cisneros ... Himself
Aaron Comess ... Himself
Carole De Saram Carole De Saram ... Herself
Rob Derhak Rob Derhak ... Himself
Mike Doughty Mike Doughty ... Himself


On February 16, 1989 Larry Bloch and a team of novices achieved something unique in a former Chineese-food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. Not only did this inexperienced collective open a nightclub in the mostly-underdeveloped Tribeca region but they created one that fused music with activism in an all together distinctive manner. Written by Dean Budnick

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Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogota, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,736, 16 March 2008

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A View of You See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Won Best Unreleased Film at the 2006 High Times Stony Awards See more »


John Dwork: I'll remember Wetlands Preserve as a beautiful flower growing in a crack of concrete.
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Even Flow
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Performed by Pearl Jam
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Wetlands Rocks On
12 October 2008 | by lesjesseSee all my reviews

Wow. This film captured a beautiful time in Tribeca, when it was still a place normal New Yorkers could listen to music, network for environmental causes and experience a positive community. As John Popper says in the film: these scenes rise up, have their place in the sun (in the case of Wetlands, their place off the Hudson) and then disappear--that's a historical phenomenon. BUT watching this made me fantasize about at least one more night chillin in the downstairs lounge, listening to the Roots or Ben Harper, dancing and learning about different causes. Mad props to the creators and staff of this fantastic joint. That's what New York used to be about--creating small, vibrant communities which catalyzed global social, political and artistic change. NOT shopping and building condos, the gloomy legacy of Giuliani. If any of you youngsters out these are demoralized by the vapidity of today's corporate-created "culture": watch this film, get schooled and use the club as a model to create fun and conscious community. To those who danced and drank and connected at Wetlands: rock on.

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